Server 2012 to replace SBS2003 - help needed
Posted on 2013-06-12
I really need some help here.
We have a client who uses Windows 2003 SBS for file / printer sharing, Exchange and Domain Controller duties. We're at the point now where the server is starting to creak and we're planning replacing it with a more modern equivalent.
The client has 50 seats, with perhaps 20 users who connect up and use Outlook Web Access and iPhone (via the same). To use Outlook these external users are currently connecting using the SBS2003 VPN setup, then onto the Exchange Server. I know we can use Outlook over RPC however this just never worked - hence the VPN.
I've had a look into what is possible with 2012 Server - it seems that the modern version of SBS is called Server 2012 Essentials however its only available up to 25 users. Panic.
I'm I right to assume that I'd need to buy 2012 Server (standard), then Exchange and build it all together? Would this give me connectivity to "The Cloud" or Office 365 as its known and how about backing up - can I use Azure (and how)?
What about the migration route from SBS2003 to 2012 - is it as hellish as SBS2003 > SBS 2007?
The Microsoft propaganda advertising is difficult to decipher and belive. We need a reliable, low admin solution which is cost effective.
Whats my best option?